In Tuscany: Kings of the Castiglion

There is a saying about the pleasure of doing nothing and resting afterwards. It is serious work, not to be undertaken lightly, and after decades of searching, we found the perfect setting for it: the exquisite Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany.

I dare you to find it. The address is Montalcino, but that is just a euphemism for “the middle of nowhere, Tuscany”. Can you think of a better place to be?

The view from our terrace at Castiglion del Bosco.

The view from our terrace at Castiglion del Bosco.

In 2003, the Ferragamo family (yes, that Ferragamo) purchased the thirteenth century estate and lovingly restored it. Today, the village features a restored borgo (manor house), charming suites and stately villas, as well as two restaurants, a cooking school, and 60+ hectares of vineyards planted with Sangiovese grapes that produce the cherished Brunello wines of the region.

Il Borgo at Castiglion del Bosco

Il Borgo at Castiglion del Bosco

Since our stay was slightly off-season and we had a bit of “off” weather, we took advantage of the opportunity to do a whole lot of nothing. Breakfast overlooking the hills of Tuscany. Then a rest. A morning walk to look at the garden, summer harvest long over but still an aubergine here or a tomato there on the vines. Then, of course,  a well-deserved rest, after which it surely must be time for lunch. An afternoon stroll to peer into the fourteenth century chapel, the enchanting Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, or up to the crumbling remains of the castello. Before you know it, it’s time for a glass of Prima Pietra and then dinner at Osteria La Canonica. And there goes the day, or three. It was heavenly.

Breakfast by the window overlooking the hills of Tuscany.

The day begins with breakfast by the window overlooking the hills of Tuscany.

Even the oatmeal is special.

Even the oatmeal is special.

The garden

The garden

A few brave strawberries hoping to last into October.

A few brave strawberries hoping to last into October.

Tender little Tuscan cabbages

Tender little Tuscan cabbages

Michael the Archangel standing guard outside the chapel

Michael the Archangel standing guard outside the chapel

Too cold to swim but oh what a view!

Too cold to swim but oh what a view!

The CE in the allee outside our suite.

The CE in the allée outside our suite.

Clouds and some rain did not diminish the beauty of Tuscany.

Clouds and some rain did not diminish the beauty of Tuscany.

Fall colors outside the Borgo.

Fall colors outside the Borgo.

Must be time to eat again: pizza at Osteria La Canonica

Must be time to eat again: pizza at Osteria La Canonica

Evening falls at Castiglion del Bosco

Evening falls at Castiglion del Bosco

Is it any wonder we slept so well?

Is it any wonder we slept so well?

Looking back, I half-wonder if we dreamed our weekend of living like royalty in the hills of Tuscany. But if you can find your way there – wrong turns, gravel roads, not much in the way of signage – you, too, can be, ever so briefly, king of the castiglion. When you get there, remember to do absolutely nothing. And rest afterwards.

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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5 Responses to In Tuscany: Kings of the Castiglion

  1. Ishita says:

    Stunning pictures!

  2. dizzyguy says:

    Such a fine place to practice the doing of nothing. So peaceful and beautiful that a person needs to work very hard if you want to get in a little worrying. The cards are stacked against you there. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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